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The Internet Archive Software Library is the ultimate software crate-digger's dream: Tens of thousands of playable software titles from multiple computer platforms, allowing instant access to decades of computer history in your browser through the JSMESS emulator.

The intention is to ultimately have most major computer platforms available; currently, the collection includes the Apple II, Atari 800, and ZX Spectrum computers. In each case, sub-collections contain vast sets of disk and cartridge images. Genres include games, applications, utilities, demos and operating systems.

To see a curated set of these many programs, with contextual descriptions and information, visit the Historical Software Collection, curated by the Internet Archive's Jason Scott. If you'd like to volunteer to help describe and increase knowledge on disks in the Software Library, contact Jason at jscott@archive.org.

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The Internet Archive Software Collection
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ZX Spectrum Library: Educational
collection
149
ITEMS
16,791
VIEWS
collection
eye 16,791
Educational and learning programs for the ZX Spectrum. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Software Library: Tandy Color Computer 2
collection
64
ITEMS
6,477
VIEWS
collection
eye 6,477
Software related to the Tandy Color Computer 2.
Atari 8-Bit Library: Demos
collection
553
ITEMS
40,800
VIEWS
collection
eye 40,800
Atari 8-bit computer demo disks, including graphics and sound demos, as well as commercial programs presented in truncated form as a "try before you buy". The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added...
Apple II Library: ASIMOV Miscellaneous
collection
118
ITEMS
3,032
VIEWS
collection
eye 3,032
Apple II Floppies from the ASIMOV archive - miscellaneous.
Software Library: Windows 3.x Shareware
collection
60
ITEMS
11,628
VIEWS
collection
eye 11,628
A wide and varied collection of Shareware programs for the Windows 3.0/3.1/3.1.1 systems of the early 1990s. Many are written in visual Basic, utilizing the then-new programmable user interface of Windows to allow a greater amount of independent programmers to make applications.
Atari 8-Bit Library: Educational
collection
140
ITEMS
23,330
VIEWS
collection
eye 23,330
Educational software for the Atari 8-bit series. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Apple II Library: Demos
collection
30
ITEMS
15,301
VIEWS
collection
eye 15,301
Demos for the Apple II, including graphics and sound demonstrations as well as truncated versions of commercial software. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate...
ASIMOV Apple II Public Domain Software
collection
359
ITEMS
21,555
VIEWS
collection
eye 21,555
Apple II public domain software disks from the ASIMOV Apple II Archive.
Software Library: Apple IIgs Games
collection
259
ITEMS
13,330
VIEWS
collection
eye 13,330
Games and entertainment for the Apple IIgs.
Atari 8-Bit Library: Magazines
collection
874
ITEMS
29,993
VIEWS
collection
eye 29,993
Floppy disk images of Atari Magazine Disks, either floppies included with printed Atari-related publications, or individual floppy images meant to be magazines or publications in themselves. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser....
Old Hackers Atari User Group Newsletter Disks
collection
101
ITEMS
2,846
VIEWS
collection
eye 2,846
From Atariarchives.org: What is the Old Hackers Atari User Group? This article is excepted from a Current Notes magazine article by Alex Pignato. (May 1993, volume 13, number 4) Due to declining membership, The Ol' Hackers Atari Users Group closed its doors after its final meeting in December 2000. In the Beginning. It started innocently enough. I read a message on a Bulletin Board System (BBS) from another "poor soul" (Kevin Blaes) who was pleading for help so that he could upload...
Software Library: MS-DOS Text Editors
collection
42
ITEMS
11,814
VIEWS
collection
eye 11,814
A collection of MS-DOS-based text editors, including word processors, text modifiers, and ASCII-related utilities. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO CURRENT WAY TO SAVE YOUR WORK.
Apple II Library: Applications
collection
742
ITEMS
66,512
VIEWS
collection
eye 66,512
Applications, utilities and general purpose software for the Apple II. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Software Library: Apple IIgs
collection
440
ITEMS
24,306
VIEWS
collection
eye 24,306
The Apple IIGS (stylized as IIgs) is the fifth and most powerful model in the Apple II series of personal computers produced by Apple Computer. The "GS" in the name stands for Graphics and Sound, referring to its enhanced multimedia capabilities, especially its state-of-the-art sound and music synthesis, which greatly surpassed previous models of the line and most contemporary machines like the Macintosh and IBM PC. The machine was a radical departure from any previous Apple II, with...
by A.N.A.L.O.G. Magazine
collection
eye 4,173
A.N.A.L.O.G. (from Atari Newsletter And Lots Of Games) was an American computer magazine devoted to the Atari 8-bit home computer line. It was known for its advanced programs in comparison to most type-in magazines of the era, especially its main rival, ANTIC, another long-lived Atari-specific magazine. ANALOG '​s first issue was released in January/February 1981 and it was published bi-monthly until November/December 1983 and then monthly from January 1984 on, interrupted once for...
Software Library: ZZT
collection
2,048
ITEMS
59,286
VIEWS
by Tim Sweeney
collection
eye 59,286
ZZT is an ANSI character-based video game, created in 1991 by Tim Sweeney of Potomac Computer Systems which became Epic MegaGames in 1992. It remains a popular MS-DOS game creation system. ZZT itself is not an acronym for anything; its title was chosen so it would always appear at the bottom of newsgroup listings. It was later jokingly mentioned by Sweeney as being short for Zoo of Zero Tolerance, which has mistakenly become a popular belief. Although visually outdated at the time of its...
Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium
collection
432
ITEMS
47,304
VIEWS
by MECC
collection
eye 47,304
The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (later Corporation), most commonly known as MECC, was an organization founded in 1973. The goal of the organization was to coordinate and provide computer services to schools in the state of Minnesota; however, its software eventually became popular in schools around the world. Origins During the 1960s, Minnesota was a center of computer technology, what one newspaper would describe 50 years later as a "Midwestern Silicon Valley". IBM,...
ZX Spectrum Library: Covertapes
collection
760
ITEMS
49,522
VIEWS
collection
eye 49,522
"Cover Tapes" for the ZX Spectrum, consisting of the images of cassette tapes that would be attached to the front of magazines or sold individually as the monthly package of new shareware and demonstration programs associated with a publication. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot...
MS-DOS demoscene
collection
4,044
ITEMS
7,208
VIEWS
collection
eye 7,208
The Demoscene has created wonderful programs for all sorts of platforms, including MS-DOS machines. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, the demos in this collection are bootable and playable.
Topics: msdos demoscene, demoscene entries
ZX Spectrum Library: Applications
collection
1,247
ITEMS
70,541
VIEWS
collection
eye 70,541
Applications for the ZX Spectrum. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
ASIMOV Apple II Productivity Software
collection
240
ITEMS
4,907
VIEWS
collection
eye 4,907
Apple II productivity software disks from the ASIMOV Apple II Archive.
ASIMOV Apple II Utility Software
collection
448
ITEMS
9,154
VIEWS
collection
eye 9,154
ASIMOV Apple II Utility Software
Apple II LIbrary: Operating Systems
collection
8
ITEMS
12,474
VIEWS
collection
eye 12,474
Apple II Operating System boot floppies. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Software Of The Month Club
collection
58
ITEMS
3,704
VIEWS
by SOMC
collection
eye 3,704
Software of the Month Club was a subscription-based shareware delivery service founded in Los Angeles, California in 1979 by Creative Discount Software and incorporated in Carlsbad in 1985. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as many 60,000 subscribers received monthly or semi-monthly volumes of the "latest and greatest" software selected from shareware files that had been located online by staffers or submitted to the Club by developers. Volumes were categorized by subject matter...
Apple II Library: Magazines
collection
233
ITEMS
18,548
VIEWS
collection
eye 18,548
Floppy disk images of Apple II Magazines, monthly or occasional issues that would come in disk form with programs and articles. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to...
Apple II Library: Compilation Disks (Games)
collection
673
ITEMS
53,316
VIEWS
collection
eye 53,316
Apple II Game Compilations - collections of games or programs on a single floppy disk with a menu to allow selection between them. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to...
Software Library: Apple IIgs Educational
collection
53
ITEMS
2,660
VIEWS
collection
eye 2,660
Educational software for the Apple IIgs.
Jeremy Barr-Hyde Australian Apple II Software
collection
92
ITEMS
2,186
VIEWS
by Jeremy Barr-Hyde
collection
eye 2,186
In 2016, Jeremy Barr-Hyde purchased an Apple II from Ebay, and imaged all the floppies from it. A description of the process is documented on this web page . This collection consists of the original .ZIP file of his work, as well as expanded emulated copies of the disk images.
Apple II Boot Videos
collection
162
ITEMS
1,849
VIEWS
by 4AM
collection
eye 1,849
A collection of recordings of booting Apple II programs, deprotected as part of the 4am project.
Software Library: Windows 3.x Productivity
collection
508
ITEMS
40,962
VIEWS
collection
eye 40,962
A wide and varied collection of Shareware programs for the Windows 3.0/3.1/3.1.1 systems of the early 1990s. Many are written in visual Basic, utilizing the then-new programmable user interface of Windows to allow a greater amount of independent programmers to make applications.
Rhode Island Apple Group Floppy Disk Collection
collection
897
ITEMS
102,143
VIEWS
collection
eye 102,143
This collection consists of thousands of floppy disks primarily for the Apple II and III series of computers, from the collection of the Rhode Island Apple Group (RIAG). RIAG is an Apple Users Group from Providence, RI that was formed in the 1970s for the support of the Apple II. From the site: The Rhode Island Apple Group (RIAG) is the Ocean State's premier support organization for users of ALL Apple and Apple OS computers - Apple II, Apple III, Lisa, Macintosh, and all clones using Apple...
Topics: Apple II, Floppies, Emulation, Rhode Island, RIAG
Software Library: Apple IIgs Applications
collection
125
ITEMS
6,532
VIEWS
collection
eye 6,532
Applications for the Apple IIgs.
Apple II Library: Educational
collection
970
ITEMS
51,587
VIEWS
collection
eye 51,587
Educational software for the Apple II. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
ZX Spectrum Library: Demos
collection
475
ITEMS
36,846
VIEWS
collection
eye 36,846
Graphics, sound and programming demonstration programs for the ZX Spectrum. Most are of "Demoscene" artworks, with a small amount of commercial packages providing reduced-function examples of the full products. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title...
Nibble Magazine Floppy Disks
collection
66
ITEMS
15,672
VIEWS
by Nibble Magazine
collection
eye 15,672
"This collection represents the culmination of a 3 and a half year effort to help preserve some of the history of early computing. When I heard that Mike Harvey was unable to locate the Nibble Programs library I thought, 'someone should organize an effort to type the programs in and make them available.' Then Sam Stoddard submitted a set of 24 disk images containing 265 of the major Nibble programs and I found 20 old Nibble disks on eBay. I realized, with half of the Nibble library already...
Topics: Apple II, Nibble Magazine, Floppy Disks, Programs, Magazine, Floppies, Apple II
Atari 8-Bit Library: Pool Disks
collection
3,811
ITEMS
107,460
VIEWS
collection
eye 107,460
Floppy disks from various user groups and collections, assembled on the "Pool CD-ROM" for Atari. These variant floppy disks are provided as executable examples in this set. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More...
Glitch Floppies Collection
collection
607
ITEMS
45,297
VIEWS
collection
eye 45,297
A collection of floppy disk images from The Glitch's personal collection, dating to the early 1990s.
Atari 8-Bit Library: Applications
collection
948
ITEMS
69,272
VIEWS
collection
eye 69,272
Applications for the Atari 8-bit family of computers. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Software Library: Windows 3.x Desktop Toys
collection
96
ITEMS
22,711
VIEWS
collection
eye 22,711
A collection of simple programs that would sit on the Windows 3.x desktop and "do something" mostly to ride along while other work was done.
The Festival Floppies
collection
568
ITEMS
16,981
VIEWS
by Various
collection
eye 16,981
The Festival Floppies are a collection of programs from a pile of floppies bought by Josh Miller at the Timonium Hamboree and Computer Festival in 2009. They consist of a large variety of 3.5" floppy disks, including a set of shareware with laser-printed directories on the labels. The pile of floppies were donated to Jason Scott, who has imaged them and has made the contents, where possible, emulated and playable from the browser. These are all from the custom-printed label disks, which...
Topics: Shareware, DOS, Windows
collection
eye 195,253
A collection of software harvested from hundreds of floppy disks in the 1980s.
The Software Library: Atari Computer
collection
12,727
ITEMS
625,114
VIEWS
collection
eye 625,114
The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. All are based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU running at 1.79 MHz, roughly twice that of similar designs, and were the first home computers designed with custom co-processor chips. This architecture allowed the Atari designs to offer graphics and sound capabilities that were more advanced than contemporary machines. Overall, the Atari 8-bit computer line was a commercial...
Software Library: MS-DOS Showcase
collection
18
ITEMS
462,323
VIEWS
collection
eye 462,323
This collection is a hand-picked set of selections from the MS-DOS Software Library of the Internet Archive. They've been chosen because they represent major parts of the MS-DOS story, because they are particularly impressive, and because they're fun. The intention is to eventually link these games to manuals and other materials as time goes on. Curation was done by Jason Scott, Internet Archive's Software Librarian. He can be reached at jscott@archive.org with suggestion, questions and...
The Apple II Library: Games
collection
3,130
ITEMS
368,307
VIEWS
collection
eye 368,307
Games and entertainment software for the Apple II. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
collection
eye 90,580
This is a varied collection of applications and programs written for MS-DOS. As things are emulated in the browser, there is currently no way to save the progress of your work, so please don't work too hard inside these applications! They are provided to give historical context and research into how programs and applications worked in earlier times. If you are not familiar with the in-browser emulator EM-DOSBOX being used to provide these applications, please read the FAQ . If you have...
Software Library: MS-DOS Shareware
collection
1,106
ITEMS
186,532
VIEWS
collection
eye 186,532
A widely variant collection of MS-DOS compatible shareware programs, including games, utilities, demos and applications. Culled from many different sources, including CD-ROMs and FTP sites.
ZX Spectrum Library: Games
collection
9,640
ITEMS
2M
VIEWS
collection
eye 2M
Games and entertainment software for the ZX Spectrum. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
The Software Library: ZX Spectrum
collection
12,276
ITEMS
2.2M
VIEWS
collection
eye 2.2M
The ZX Spectrum (pronounced /ˈzɛdˌɛks/ "Zed-Ex") is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. The machine was launched as the ZX Spectrum by Sinclair to highlight the machine's colour display, compared with the black-and-white of its predecessor, the ZX81. The Spectrum was ultimately released as eight different models; together they sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide (not counting numerous clones). The Spectrum was...
Atari 8-Bit Library: Games
collection
4,748
ITEMS
286,514
VIEWS
collection
eye 286,514
Games and entertainment software for the Atari 8-bit family. The Internet Archive Software Library is a large collection of viewable and executable software titles, ranging from commercially released products to public domain and hobbyist programs. Using the JSMESS emulator, users can "boot up" an emulation of the given title and use it in their browser. More titles are added frequently, and users are encouraged to donate newly found floppy disk images and programs.
Software Library: Mature Titles
collection
74
ITEMS
539,883
VIEWS
collection
eye 539,883
This is a collection mature or graphic titles from a variety of software library sections, grouped to give viewers a choice in browsing software history as to how graphic they wish screenshots to be.
Software Library: Windows 3.x
collection
1,864
ITEMS
1.2M
VIEWS
collection
eye 1.2M
Windows 3.1x (codenamed Janus) is a series of 16-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers. The series began with Windows 3.1, which was first sold during April 1992 as a successor to Windows 3.0. Subsequent versions were released between 1992 and 1994 until the series was superseded by Windows 95. During its lifespan, Windows 3.1 introduced several enhancements to the still MS-DOS-based platform, including improved system stability, expanded support for...
The Software Library: Apple Computer
collection
10,871
ITEMS
1.6M
VIEWS
collection
eye 1.6M
The Apple II series (trademarked with square brackets as "Apple ][" and rendered on later models as "Apple //") is a set of home computers, one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputer products, designed primarily by Steve Wozniak, manufactured by Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.) and introduced in 1977 with the original Apple II. In terms of ease of use, features and expandability the Apple II was a major technological advancement over its predecessor, the...
The Software Library: MS-DOS
collection
15,095
ITEMS
29.8M
VIEWS
collection
eye 29.8M
MS-DOS (/ˌɛmɛsˈdɒs/ em-es-doss; short for Microsoft Disk Operating System) is an operating system for x86-based personal computers mostly developed by Microsoft. It was the most commonly used member of the DOS family of operating systems, and was the main operating system for IBM PC compatible personal computers during the 1980s to the mid-1990s. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY ISSUES WITH RUNNING THESE PROGRAMS, PLEASE READ THE FAQ. Thanks to eXo for contributions and assistance with this...
Apple II Library: The 4am Collection
collection
967
ITEMS
606,672
VIEWS
collection
eye 606,672
A collection of historical software for Apple II computers from the 1980s and early 1990s. Each item was originally copy protected (i.e. the original floppy disk could not be copied to another floppy disk), but the copy protection has been removed and documented. Most items also include a "work disk" comprising the intermediate files created during the deprotection. To send feedback, ask questions, or get notified of new releases, follow @a2_4am on Twitter.
The Windows 3.x Showcase
collection
49
ITEMS
480,703
VIEWS
collection
eye 480,703
This is a collection of curated Windows 3.x software, meant to show the range of software products available for the 3.x Operating System in the early 1990s.
Software Library: Windows 3.x Games
collection
0
ITEMS
500,287
VIEWS
collection
eye 500,287
A wide and varied collection of Shareware programs for the Windows 3.0/3.1/3.1.1 systems of the early 1990s. Many are written in visual Basic, utilizing the then-new programmable user interface of Windows to allow a greater amount of independent programmers to make applications.
Software Library: MS-DOS Games
collection
3,997
ITEMS
27.7M
VIEWS
collection
eye 27.7M
Software for MS-DOS machines that represent entertainment and games. The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable. Please be aware this browser-based emulation is still in beta - contact Jason Scott , Software Curator, if there are issues or questions. Thanks to eXo for contributions and assistance with this archive. Thank you for your...